George Clooney + Eva Mendes Top Celeb Dream Dates; PDA OK on Valentine’s Day

When contacted that OpenTable diners voted him most popular celebrity dream date, George Clooney was speechless (That's what "No comment" means, right?).

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we wondered if you couldn’t be with the one you love, which celebrity you’d love to dine with. In a new survey, OpenTable diners revealed that top celebrity dream dates include George Clooney, Eva Mendes, and Oprah Winfrey. Clooney was the most popular choice for women diners, snagging 44% of the votes, while Mendes is male diners’ top pick (35%). Winfrey, idol to millions of women, proved her influence as the third most popular pick for female diners overall, finishing behind Ryan Reynolds. With their smoldering good looks, it’s easy to see why Clooney and Mendes are the most desired dinner dates, but after 25 years on the air, Oprah Winfrey feels like every woman’s best friend, and who wouldn’t want to share a meal and girl talk with a close confidante — or someone who might give you a show on the OWN network?

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Jenny McCarthy Spotted at Katsuya; Kate Gosselin Waltzes into RockSugar

Recent sightings of famous and infamous folks…

* San Francisco steakhouse Epic Roasthouse hosted cute new couple Lance Bass (*NSYNC) and Kyan Douglas (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”). [Tablehopper]

* Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody (The Pianist) avoided a fervid fan while tucking into a steak with this father at Benjamin Steakhouse in the Big Apple. [NYDN via GrubStreet NY]

* Pacific Heights bistro Florio served musician T-Bone Burnett his supper on a recent Saturday night. No word on if he had to sing for it. [Tablehopper]

* Hoda’s “Today” show cohost Kathie Lee Gifford lunched at Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse with fellow NBC empoyee Cheyenne Jackson (“30 Rock”), having a bit of bubbly to boot. [NY Post]

* Former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant and reality star Kate Gosselin dined with bodyguard Steve Nield at Los Angeles restaurant RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen. [US Magazine]

* Fashionista Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”) noshed on steak au poivre at David Burke’s Primehouse in the James Hotel in Chicago. [Chicago Tribune]

* New York Knick Al Harrington helped fete the fifth anniversary of The Stanton Social with Common and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) in Manhattan’s hip Lower East Side. [NY Post]

* Josh Hartnett (Wicker Park) attended a birthday celebration at Brinkley’s. [Page Six/NYP via GrubStreet NY]

* Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) lunched at Little Dom’s in LA’s funky Los Feliz neighborhood. [People.com]

Former tennis pro (and g.f. to singer Enrique Iglesias) Anna Kournikova toasted her turn as Capitol File cover girl at Oya in the nation’s capital. [US Magazine]

* Singer Avril Lavigne and her beau, reality-TV personality Brody Jenner, enjoyed a late supper at Katsuya Brentwood. [Us Magazine]

Tabloid fave (and Lavigne nemesis) Lindsay Lohan celebrated Mother’s Day with her family at Abe & Arthur’s in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district. [NYP/Page Six via GrubStreet NY]

* Newly single Jenny McCarthy and a mystery man shared some sushi at Katsuya in Los Angeles. [Us Magazine]

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Chef Watch: Jamie Lauren’s Walk-In; Ron Duprat’s Efforts to Help Haiti; Patricia Yeo’s ‘Son-in-Law’ Eggs; and More

Chef-WatchChefs who are making headlines this week…

* Jamie Lauren, from “Top Chef “Season 5, shows the Grub Street gang her super-neat walk-in at San Francisco’s Absinthe Brasserie, where she’s the executive chef.  [Grub Street San Francisco]

* Speaking of “Top Chef”, Season 6 contestant Ron Duprat, executive chef at Latitudes Beach Café at the Hollywood Beach Marriot in Florida, is organizing a dining relief effort for Haiti on February 14, 2010. Duprat, a native of Haiti, will be joined by other former “Top Chef” contestants including Mattin Noblia (of Illuna Basque in San Francisco), Hector Santiago (of Pura Vida in Atlanta) and Michael Voltaggio is chef de cuisine at The Dining Room at The Langham in Pasadena, California. [BlackNews.com]

* Patricia Yeo of Boston’s Ginger Park Kitchen + Bar discusses her “Scottish Son-in-Law Eggs” that are egg-citing (I couldn’t help it) diners at her Boston restaurant. [Boston Herald]

* Chef Simon Dolinky of BLVD 16 is honoring those who make dineLA possible with a discounted tasting menu for restaurant-industry employees only. The offer runs from February 9-14. BLVD 16 is also participating in dineLA, so those of us not in the industry can still enjoy his meals at a steal. [Grub Street Los Angeles]

* Former chef to Oprah and restaurateur Art Smith, of Table Fifty-Two in Chicago and Art and Soul in Washington, D.C., dishes on earning a spot in the Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame (nevermind that the museum itself has yet to find a spot). [Chicago Tribune]